Art history

Many of the famous Dutch Master Painters used their canvas several times. This resulted in a large amount of undiscovered paintings hidden behind different layers of paint. ASI’s Timepix camera in combination with the SoPhy software enables users to analyze, or even discover, these old paintings that are hidden under the layers of new paint. The Timepix imaging technique therefore gives access to an even greater extend of paintings created by famous artists.

Main advantages of ASI’s hardware and software for painting analysis:
• Color images can be created
• Receive information on materials


Photo of pigment stripes and grains. From left: Au for gilding and paints containing Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb and Co


Regular X-ray image


This sample shows color X-ray image of different painting pigments

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